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INSIGHT - SYRIA/TURKEY - Details on regime thugs/tensions with Turkey

Released on 2013-05-27 00:00 GMT
Email-ID    1162867
Date    2011-05-18 16:19:17
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PUBLICATION: background/analysis
ATTRIBUTION: STRATFOR source
SOURCE DESCRIPTION:
well-connected Syrian political analyst
Reliability : B
ITEM CREDIBILITY: 2-3
DISTRIBUTION: Alpha
SOURCE HANDLER: Reva

The pro-Syrian regime gangsters (shabbiha) are Alawites from the area of
al-Raml al-Shimali near the city of Latakia on the Mediterranean. The
gangsters number about 2,000 men equipped with automatic machine guns,
sniper rifles and torture gear. They receive their salaries from Bashar
Asad's maternal cousin Rami Makhluf. The gangsters are led by Bashar's
paternal cousins Fawaz and Munzir Asad. They are very mobile and use SUVs
in their travel. They are flown by helicopter should need require their
immediate positioning in distant places is Syria.

Syrian president Bashar Asad told Turkish minister of foreign affairs
Davut Oglu during his latest visit to Damascus to advise Turkish prime
minister Recep Tayyip Ergodan to quit preaching him on democracy and human
rights.Asad told Oglu that it was not a good neighborly behavior on
Erdogan's part to allow the Syrian MB to hold a meeting in Istanbul to
threaten the Asad regime. Asad reminded Oglu that the regime in Damascus
has many friends in the Turkish Alevi community and ranking Alevi officers
in the Turkish military. Asad told Oglu that Syria has the ability to
create domestic problems for Erdogan but it will not. He hoped that
Erdogan will treat the Asad regime in a likewise manner.

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